Coronavirus: Massachusetts’ Case Doubles As Governor Declares State of Emergency

The index of coronavirus has more than doubled in Massachusetts and the state governor, Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency after employees who attended a company meeting in Boston last month were tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, there was 51 new presumptive positive cases that are awaiting confirmation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This brings the total number of confirmed or presumptive positive cases in Massachusetts to 92.

Out of the numbers, seventy are related to employees at Cambridge biotechnology company Biogen, state Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said.

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Speaking on the measures taken, Baker said the purpose is to act before the numbers increase to the point where the virus spread is severely impacting the commonwealth.

While speaking with reporters, he also said that a spike in cases could overwhelm the state’s systems.

Currently,in the US, there are at least 1,000 cases have been reported with 31 people already dead.

Biogen had announced last week that three people who had attended a company meeting in Boston in February tested positive for coronavirus.
The affected personnel was then instructed to work from home for two weeks.
Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said that she couldn’t say exactly when her office was alerted of the positive tests from the conference.

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